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BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

Correspondent

GILMER–A married couple was arrested on charges of possessing more than five pounds of marijuana after the Special Investigation Unit of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office raided their residence in the rural West Mountain community last week, said Sheriff Larry Webb.

Randy Lee Rodenberg, 35, and Marin Madalyn Rodenberg, 29, were charged with possessing more than five, but fewer than 50 pounds of  the drug, a third-degree felony, said Webb. Randy Rodenberg was also charged with two felony counts of felon in possession of a firearm, the sheriff said.

The couple, arrested Monday of last week, remained in Upshur County Jail in Gilmer the following day after Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter set bonds totaling $45,000 on Randy Rosenberg ($15,000 per charge) and $15,000 on Marin Rosenberg, said Webb.

In a press release, Webb said the unit “received information” that a home in the 7500 block of Sturrock Road had a marijuana growing operation inside the structure. The unit “began an investigation into the tip and developed information in the case to obtain a search warrant for the location,” the sheriff wrote.

The “unit executed the search warrant and contraband was located. During the search of the house, a marijuana grow operation was discovered with several marijuana plants in different stages of growth,” Webb said.

The search also turned up two rifles and ammunition inside the home, he added.